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The snail base is not the traditional origami base. The Shumakovs have marked and named this base after the model of the Snail that was created by them. This base is used as a foundation for many their designs. There are several ways to fold this base. Here is presented one way, which uses the bird base as its foundation, and this way is shorter and more optimized. Note: If you have the CD "Oribana" you can see how many models have the snail base as their foundation.
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Use a square of paper, colored side up. Valley fold the square in half diagonally. Press it flat and unfold it. Then repeat making the other diagonal. After that, turn the paper over.   Valley fold the square in half from the side to opposite side. Press it flat and unfold it. Repeat it for other pair of sides.
  Press the middle of the fold-lines, until the sides pop up. Bring the sides together and down towards you. Press the top down neatly into a square, thereby completing a square base.


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Diagrammed by Yuri and Katrin Shumakov

NOTE: These diagrams are for personal, non-commercial use only, and may not be redistributed or republished in any way without the express written consent of the creator. Please, feel free to fold the origami designs presented here for your own personal amusement and to teach your friends. Please contact us for any desired commercial use.


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